What Am I Up To?

December 19th, 2008 by Nick Jacobs Leave a reply »

For those of you who might have any interest in this topic, read on . . . for the rest of you, have a great holiday. 

With seven working days remaining until the name of this blog should be officially changed to Ask a Former Hospital President.com, I’d like to just make a short list of the areas in which I have been and will be working as the International Director for SunStone Consulting.

1.  Patient Centered Care. . . It is clear that this area of expertise will be my first and foremost focus, my passion.  How can any hospital succeed in this arena?  How do you become not only patient but also employee centered in such a significant way that your HCAHPS scores improve, your infection rates will go down, your length of stay will decrease, and the bottom line will improve significantly?  That’s the story that is burning inside me.  So far my new job has included significant keynote speeches, visits to hospitals seeking this guidance, and plenty of blogs and articles.  With organizations like Planetree, the Samueli Institute, and American Healthcare Solutions seeking to spread this word, this topic should consume a great portion of my time.

2.  Patient Advocacy. . . When the day is done, and my time is over, it is my very deep desire to have helped to change healthcare significantly, and patient advocacy is a very clear key to the success of this goal.  My book “Taking the Hell Out of Healthcare” was the first step toward telling the advocacy story. 

3.  Being Green . . . No matter what the pundits say, the world will only become a better place if we all work toward a common goal, to reduce the carbon footprint.  The investments made in this arena will result in a multi-fold financial and philosophical payback to any organization seeking to explore a green philosophy.  We have agreed to do Beta work in this area, and believe that every hospital will benefit financially from this initiative.  Pittsburgh Gateways is leading this initiative, and it is my commitment to work with them to bring to my CEO peers not only the how to but also the financial benefits that will make this work possible.

4.  Being Digital. . . As my current position comes to a close, we can openly declare that we will be completely digital before the end of the fiscal year.  One of our tasks has been to bring groups of hospitals together through fiber connections for work on tele-mental health, tele-pharmacy, and disaster recovery.  These are only three of the myriad of initiatives that fiber connectivity will permit.  Corathers Consulting will be working with me to help introduce various aspects of this somewhat complex initiative to hospitals throughout the United States.

From these four areas of expertise, dozens of additional projects, services, and opportunities will also be made available like arrows in a quiver.  We will continue to promote our knowledge regarding the use of genomics in the hospital setting.  We are also working with groups to introduce other services through our peers and partners that will help hospital CEO’s in their journey to fortify and grow their organizations.  Areas such as strategic facilities plans, construction and finance alternatives, physician strategic plans, physician office work, legal partnerships, food purveyors, insurance services, benefits management, case management, fund raising, marketing, as well as literally dozens of other growth and infrastructure opportunities will be on this menu.

SunStone is also working with me on the most important aspect of these initiatives and that is to help hospitals, practices, and senior leaders find the money to initiate every aspect of the programs needed to thrive.  Be it DRG Transfers, Workmen’s Comp initiatives, RAC preparation, and a myriad of other financial initiatives that will result in finding or reclaiming money, SunStone has that expertise to bring to these initiatives as well.   

So, as Bob Hope said so many times, “Thanks for the Memories,” and thanks to everyone who has helped me through this very emotional transition.  Please don’t forget to “Ask A Hospital President.com” after the new year begins because being busy is my goal and helping you is my passion.

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